How Are 2019 GS Pay Scales with Locality Calculated?

Regardless of your tenure as a Civilian Federal Employee, it’s important to understand your salary and how it is calculated to ensure financial security. At the end of 2018, your financial situation will change by locality under the 2019 General Schedule (GS) pay scale, and you may wonder exactly how these changes will impact you…

4 Things You Need to Know about the 2019 federal pay raise

During the first few weeks of the shutdown, many Feds were disappointed by news of an executive order to freeze pay for Civilian Federal Employees in 2019. Then, in an unexpected turn, Congress passed a federal pay raise in a funding bill on February 15, effectively overturning the freeze. On March 28, President Trump signed…

7 Essential Mobile Apps for Federal Employees in 2019

Most Civilian Federal Employees own smartphones loaded with apps designed to add value to their daily lives. For those looking for guidance on government information and services, there are a variety of mobile apps sponsored by the Federal government which provide relevant and accurate information.   If you’re looking to simplify your life as a…

Government Shutdown Q&A with Shane Canfield

WAEPA (Worldwide Assurance for Employees of Public Agencies), a nonprofit Voluntary Employee Benefits Association which offers Group Term Life Insurance* exclusively to Civilian Federal Employees, made headlines in January when they announced they were waiving January’s premiums for all their members, including those for Members not impacted by the partial Government Shutdown, which went on…

Preparation Tips for FEHB Open Season 2019

As a federal employee, it is important to ask yourself if your current health plan is working for you. A change in marital status or a newly discovered medical condition can impact your coverage needs. To better adjust to the unexpected events in life, the Office of Personnel Management hosts its annual Federal Employee Health…

Choosing the Right Executor for Estate Planning

Most individuals understand the fundamental importance of having a will, but few know that selecting the right executor to help manage their affairs is equally pressing. The executor, or personal representative, is tasked with various responsibilities including cataloging assets, paying debts and other bills, classifying your assets and allocating leftover finances to heirs. Picking the wrong…

How to Pass Your Federal Employee Probationary Period

Congratulations on landing a job in the Federal government! While your new position is cause of celebration, it’s no time to rest easy, as the government typically imposes a mandatory probationary period for new employees between the time they are hired, and when the position is offered on a permanent basis.   The purpose of…

How the SWAMP Act Can Impact Your Salary

The Strategic Withdrawal of Agencies from Meaningful Placement (SWAMP) Act grabbed headlines after the House introduced legislation that would require federal institutions to change their headquarters to areas outside of Washington, D.C. upon the proposed construction of new facilities. Submitted by Congressman Luke Messer (R-IN), the SWAMP Act aims to establish fair bidding procedures for…